Tuzigoot National Monument (pronounced "too-zee-goot") is part of
the southwest US's mysterious history.

This small hilltop town was built by the Sinagua people about a thousand
years ago, and there's so much we don't know. We don't know what they
called themselves, or called this place. We don't know why they left, or
where they went.

All the names we use would be foreign to them. Spanish explorers named these
ancient people Sinagua "without water" since so many of their ruins
were discovered in dry, desert locations.

The Apache named this site Tuzigoot "crooked water," since it was by
a bend in the Verde River.

The people started building Tuzigoot about a thousand years ago. Generations
of Sinaguans (or whatever their own name was) lived here, expanding the
pueblo buildings over a period of 400 years.

And then they were gone.

(View from the Tavasci Marsh Trail, looking west across the Verde River towards the city of Clarkdale, Arizona.)

November 13, 2008


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Marcsoltan - Nov 14, 2008 2:26 am - Voted 10/10

Very Pretty

Love the colors.



lcarreau - Nov 14, 2008 7:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very Pretty

Well thank you, Marc! That was very thoughtful!
Agreed - it is quite the colorful scene, as the
cottonwoods and willows are turning LATE this
year along the Verde of central Arizona.


Diveria - Nov 17, 2008 2:57 am - Voted 10/10

Hi Larry

Are those autumn colors that I see? It's strange for me to see fall colors in a land begirded by the desert.


lcarreau - Nov 17, 2008 9:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: HI Marco ...

It does look like a "foreign" landscape,
doesn't it? I was surprised the first time
I saw it, too.

I thought I was inside somebodies' dream!!!


lcarreau - Nov 17, 2008 7:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: HI Marco ...

The leaves are Willow and Cottonwood that grow
in vast numbers along the watery regions of
central Arizona.


yatsek - Nov 28, 2008 4:11 pm - Voted 10/10

What a Blend!

Mysterious ruins in what looks like Spain's Castile combined with lush and colorful river banks, not to mention the blue skies... Wow!
I nearly forgot the Tuzigoot - and we should not.


lcarreau - Nov 28, 2008 5:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: What a Blend!

I am glad you remembered the Tuzigoot! There
are many people living (in central AZ) who
have NO clue what the Tuzigoot is or was!!

Yes, it does bear a resemblance to a castle.
(That's how they defended themselves against
their enemies, and we STILL don't know WHO
their enemies were!)

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